A SELF-confessed 'politically incorrect' activist will speak in Oxford this week on why the country needs a 'minister for men.'

Swayne O'Pie says he has been banned from speaking by 'snowflakes' at Manchester University and in Cheltenham and has had his posters ripped down when he has tried to stage similar talks before.

He's hoping to convince Oxford of the need for the new Government position to tackle issues such as the high male suicide rate, poor educational achievement among boys and an 'epidemic of sex-related false allegations against men.'

Oxford Mail:

The retired lecturer, who lives in the Cotswolds, said: "Men are the only identifiable group in Britain that does not have any representation.

"We don't want to take anything away from women but they have had a minister since 1997 and men should have the same.

"Men have the exact same issues today as we had 20 years ago.

"We seem to be a lost group in society.

"People tell me there are five times as many male MPs as female but they do not think as a group like women do - they don't do anything to represent men and boys at all."

The retired lecturer, who is the author of Why Britain Hates Men, has been invited to speak at Oxford Town Hall from 7pm on Thursday by the Oxford Men's Group in their first public activity since they formed in 2016.

A former Fathers for Justice activist, Mr O'Pie says he has no ideological political stance and denies being misogynistic.

Oxford Mail:

He describes himself as 'issue-led' and has been inspired in his campaign by his experiences as a single father who was homeless.

He has admitted he does not know what to expect from his trip to Oxford, given its 'left-leaning' reputation but hopes people will listen to his case.

Mr O'Pie was flyering at Oxford station last week to promote the talk and received a mixed reputation from commuters.

One female passer-by told the Oxford Mail: "I think he should ask the question again when there is more of a level playing field."

But Richenda Connell, 48, who owns a business in Oxford said her husband had struggled since going part time to look after their daughter due to a 'lack of role models.'

She said: "I have benefitted from the view women should have a full career. I have had a lot of support but that is not the case for him and I think he does feel under-valued."

MP Layla Moran said she respected the right of Mr O'Pie to speak but said she was unconvinced that men were under-represented in parliament.

She said that she felt the root causes of the issues raised were due to 'complacency' by Government, rather than the lack of a specific minister for men.